publication . Article . 2017

Imagining Autism: Feasibility of a drama-based intervention on the social, communicative and imaginative behaviour of children with autism:

Julie Beadle-Brown; David Wilkinson; Lisa Richardson; Nicola Shaughnessy; Melissa Trimingham; Jennifer Leigh; Beckie Whelton; Julian Himmerich;
Open Access English
  • Published: 13 Sep 2017
  • Publisher: Sage
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
We report the feasibility of a novel, school-based intervention, coined ‘Imagining Autism’, in which children with autism engage with drama practitioners though participatory play and improvisation in a themed multi-sensory “pod” resembling a portable, tent-like structure. 22 children, aged 7–12 years, from three UK schools engaged in the 10week programme. Measures of social interaction, communication, emotion recognition, along with parent and teacher ratings, were collected before and up to 12 months after the intervention. Feasibility was evaluated through 4 domains: (1) process (recruitment, retention, blinding, inter-rater reliability, willingness of childr...
Subjects
free text keywords: BF, NX, Psychology, Developmental psychology, Psychiatry, medicine.medical_specialty, medicine, Emotion recognition, Drama, Citizen journalism, Improvisation, Blinding, Social relation, Autism, medicine.disease
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Abstract
We report the feasibility of a novel, school-based intervention, coined ‘Imagining Autism’, in which children with autism engage with drama practitioners though participatory play and improvisation in a themed multi-sensory “pod” resembling a portable, tent-like structure. 22 children, aged 7–12 years, from three UK schools engaged in the 10week programme. Measures of social interaction, communication, emotion recognition, along with parent and teacher ratings, were collected before and up to 12 months after the intervention. Feasibility was evaluated through 4 domains: (1) process (recruitment, retention, blinding, inter-rater reliability, willingness of childr...
Subjects
free text keywords: BF, NX, Psychology, Developmental psychology, Psychiatry, medicine.medical_specialty, medicine, Emotion recognition, Drama, Citizen journalism, Improvisation, Blinding, Social relation, Autism, medicine.disease
Related Organizations

Gotham, K., Pickles, A., & Lord, C. (2009). Standardizing ADOS Scores for a Measure of Severity in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39(5), 693-705.

Gotham, K., Risi, S., Pickles, A., & Lord, C. (2007). The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule: Revised Algorithms for Improved Diagnostic Validity. Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders, 37(4), 613-627.

Green VA, Pituch KA, Itchon J, Choi A, and Sigafoos J (2006) Internet survey of treatments used by parents of children with autism. Research in developmental disabilities, 27 (1): 70-84. [OpenAIRE]

Laugeson, E. A., Gantman, A., Kapp, S. K., Orenski, K., & Ellingsen, R. (2015). A Randomized Controlled Trial to Improve Social Skills in Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The UCLA PEERS¨ Program. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(12), 3978-3989. doi:10.1007/s10803-015-2504-8 Sparrow SS, Balla DA, Cicchetti DV And Doll EA (2005) Vineland-II adaptive behavior scales. Circle Pines, Minn: AGS Publishing. [OpenAIRE]

Stallard, N. (2012). Optimal sample sizes for phase II clinical trials and pilot studies. Statistical Medicine, 31(11-12), 1031-1042.

Thabane L, Ma J, Chu R, Cheng J, Ismaila A, Rios LP, Robson R, Thabane M, Giangregorio L and Goldsmith CH (2010) A tutorial on pilot studies: the what why and how. BMC Medical Research Methodology 10 (1): 1 [OpenAIRE]

The Guardian (2015) Autism: does ABA therapy open society's doors to children, or impose conformity? Article written by Sydney Parker, 20th March 2015. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/20/autism-does-aba-therapy-opensocietys-doors-to-children-or-impose-conformity

Trowsdale, J. and Hayhow, R. (2013), Can mimetics, a theatre-based practice, open possibilities for young people with learning disabilities? A capability approach. British Journal of Special Education, 40: 72 79. [OpenAIRE]

Trowsdale J and Hayhow R (2015) Psycho-physical theatre practice as embodied learning for young people with learning disabilities. International Journal of Inclusive Education 19 (10) Published online 22nd April 2015 DOI:101080/1360311620151031832. [OpenAIRE]

Vygotsky, L. S. (1978). Interaction between learning and development (M. LopezMorillas, Trans.). In: M. Cole, V. John-Steiner, S. Scribner, & E. Souberman (Eds.), Mind in society: The development of higher psychological processes Cambridge, MA: Harvard University pp. 79-91.

Warren Z, McPheeters ML, Sathe N, Foss-Feig JH, Glasser A and VeenstraVanderweele J (2011) A systematic review of early intensive intervention for autism spectrum disorders. Pediatrics 127 (5): e1303-11. [OpenAIRE]

Wang, S.-Y., Cui, Y., & Parrila, R. (2011). Examining the effectiveness of peermediated and video-modeling social skills interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders: A meta-analysis in single-case research using HLM. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 5(1), 562-569.

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